It’s officially back to school season! Store shelves are lined with pencils, pens, and notebooks. Children sport new backpacks. For many families, it may also be moving season. Top school districts are a major draw for families looking to relocate to nearby suburbs. For households not ready to buy a home in a new district, we’re highlighting some family-friendly apartment buildings in top Dallas-area school districts.

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The board of Dallas County Schools met today in a special called meeting. Among the agenda items were strong hints Superintendent Rick Sorrells will no longer be with the agency.

The board of Dallas County Schools met today in a special called meeting. Among the agenda items were strong hints Superintendent Rick Sorrells will not be with the agency. (Photo courtesy Dallas County Schools)

Embattled school transportation provider Dallas County Schools may have been able to continue its relationship with Dallas Independent School District, but as early as this morning it seemed its superintendent could be the most recent casualty of a recent spate of very bad news.

DCS, which provides busing for Dallas, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Irving, Aledo, Cedar Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Lancaster, Richardson, Weatherford and White Settlement school districts, called a special meeting today.

The agenda included two ominous items –  “Consider Appointing an Interim Superintendent” and “Consider Defining Requirements and Authorizing Search for a Permanent Superintendent.”

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As if our lives are not already stressful enough, what with the five Dallas police ambushed and shot on July 7 in downtown Dallas, the terrorist (or whatever) attack in Nice, France that friends of mine were 100 yards from, then three police down in Baton Rouge  yesterday… the poor employees at Nationstar Mortgage in Coppell had to clear out this morning because of a bomb threat.

HousingWire.com reports that the corporate headquarters for Nationstar Mortgage, “home to approximately 900 of the company’s employees, sat vacant for several hours Monday morning as a bomb threat forced the company’s employees to evacuate the building.”

Good news: the threat was not made against Nationstar per se, but rather a nearby, unaffiliated building. (more…)

Hawken Front

Sure, the Park Cities are walkable, especially University Park, but if you want good schools, great homes, and sidewalks but can’t swing the hefty price tag of a home inside the HPISD borders, then we have a lovely property for you.

Located in Coppell, which has amazing schools, by the way, is 539 Hawken. It’s a 2,094-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, low-maintenance cutie in Deer Run, a fabulous community for young families. W.H. Wilson Elementary School, a TEA “Recognized” campus, is just down the street, too. It’s a lovely, close-knit community.

Hawken Dining

This house is just adorable, too, and a great size for a family with a few young kids that doesn’t want to spend their whole weekend mowing the lawn or weeding flower beds. The side yard, the only fenced-in area, is just large enough for a patio set and a grill, with a grassy spot perfect for kids to run around for a while. It’s marketed by Virginia Cook Realtor Lindsay Griffin Craig for $239,000.

Hawken Living

I love the upgrades in this home, which was built in 2001. It has new HVAC, new carpet, and a new roof, as well as gorgeous hardwood floors, great paint colors (bright without being overpowering), and designer light fixtures. The kitchen is tidy and neutral, and I’m sure you could upgrade the range and microwave venthood easily. I love how it and the breakfast area are open to the living room, which has a great fireplace and a television nook.

Hawken Kitchen

All of the bedrooms are upstairs, which also features another living area. This home has one of my favorite, most-overlooked features, too — an upstairs laundry area. No hauling laundry baskets precariously up and down stairs! I have twisted ankles, that way, friends, and a dear girlfriend of mine actually fell down the stairs and chipped a tooth that way!

Hawken Upstairs Living

The master suite is a good size with plenty of light, and could very well accommodate oversized furniture as well as an easy chair or chaise. The master bath is a five-piece gig with a spa tub and large walk-in shower. The vanity, fixtures, and wallpaper are kind of dated, but that’s easily fixed, right?

Hawken Master

Hawken Master Bath

Overall, I think this house is an outstanding value, just waiting for the right family!

Hawken Patio